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RIP Jack Kyser

Just saw from Marc Lacter at LA Biz Observed that former chief economist of the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp. Jack Kyser died over the weekend. He was 76.

There’s probably not a news journo in Los Angeles who at one time in their career didn’t call Jack Kyser looking for a quote. The “guru” of the LA economy, Jack had a remarkable ability to explain the often complicated machinations of our regional economy in terms that even the most degenerate alt-weekly journo like myself could comprehend. I probably worked with him on five or six stories over the past few years, and he always had an answer ready for just about any factual question you could throw his way. He was also always free with his opinions on the more open-ended questions, which made him highly quotable.

On top of that he was just a really pleasant guy and a delight to talk to. He’ll be missed.

More on Kyser from a 2009 interview with the LA Business Journal.

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